The Charleston area appears to be 1,200 jobs closer to being recognized as a leading automotive center, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.
While Daimler AG is not expected to announce its plan until Friday, insiders say it is primed to expand its North Charleston plant, which currently employs about 100 people and assembles Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.
Its new function will be building Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans from scratch for the North America market. And that will take 1,200 more workers — welcome news for a state with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent.
That announcement comes on the heels of a report by the Atlanta Business Chronicle that, with the decision to relocate its Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters to Atlanta, Daimler was once again eyeing a Savannah megasite for its new van manufacturing plant.
The decision to build in North Charleston, where Daimler has had a Sprinter assembly plant since 2007, likely puts to rest any possibility that the auto giant will look again at the Savannah property.
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